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Career Paths

What do people do with a history degree?

A successful history major can think, analyze, write and be persuasive - highly desirable skills in today's marketplace. History majors have the added benefit of acquiring historical knowledge and perspective, which gives them a unique, contextual understanding about the world in which they live.

Pacific history graduates work in a variety of fields such as:

  • Law
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Public Affairs
  • Political Consulting
  • Computer Software
  • Museium Curation
  • Research
  • Writing, Editing and Publishing
  • Financial Services
  • Education
  • Historical Conservation
  • Non profit
  • Forestry
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Media Relations

Our degree programs also prepare many of our students to pursue graduate and PhD programs at outstanding institutions of higher education, including:

  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Brandeis University
  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • The College of William and Mary

History Majors in Politics
History majors include past and present politicians, such as California senator Diane Feinstein and presidents such as George W. Bush, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

History Majors in Pop Culture
In popular culture, historians are everywhere!
Martha Stewart (domestic diva) has a history degree. So does Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (who is Ali G. on HBO when he’s not being Borat). Conan O’Brien (late night talk show host), Ananda Lewis (MTV VJ), actors Edward Norton (American History X and Fight Club) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), videogame designer Jon Shafer, and novelist Nelson DeMille (The General’s Daughter) were history majors too.

History Majors in Business and Institutions
History majors run major organizations and institutions. Brian Moynihan, the CEO of Bank of America, has a history degree as does General John Abizaid, the former head of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.